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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Wantin is a new adult coming of age story written by Truth Devour. Talia's parents shared a passion for travel and adventure, and she didn't get to spend very much time with them as she was growing up. Her fondest memories are of her Haitian nanny, Marlee, and her early years on that island. Everything changes, however, when Talia turns six and her parents die. Although she desperately wants to stay with Marlee, her aunt and uncle have come from Australia to take her home with them. Her fears are allayed when her cousin, Brad, takes her outside to show her his favorite stream and introduces her to the platypus he befriended there. Brad becomes her best friend, and, as they grow up together, they share a growing affection that they realize cannot be since they are first cousins.
Truth Devour's new adult coming of age tale, Wantin, chronicles Talia's adventures as she explores the world around her and it's a marvelous world indeed. I loved the early scenes in Haiti and, like Talia, was a bit apprehensive when Ruth and Shane come to take her home with them. Her years with them are also beautifully chronicled, especially those parts of the story concerning her horses. Talia is an intriguing character who is intensely private and fears maintaining relationships or staying very long in one place ... and that's not such a bad thing. The reader gets to explore some fascinating locales and gather rich cultural experiences through Talia's eyes. Reading Wantin was both entertaining and enriching. I'm looking forward to reading Unrequited, the sequel to this book. Wantin is highly recommended.